April 17, 2009

End Childhood Hunger and Eat Good Food.

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Have you ever been hungry? I mean really hungry. I have. When I was in college and badly managed my money, I ran out of food. I was resourceful, though, in the kitchen and lived off of popcorn for a week, or a bag of potatoes. But what if I was a kid? What if I had no control over my circumstances and I was hungry? Stomach growling, pangs of hunger, taking over my thoughts. And what if there was no food around anywhere?

The sad truth is that this happens all the time. Hungry kids are all over the world and you and me? We have the power to stop it. Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation Portland is coming up on April 27th and by buying a ticket you can help feed hungry children right in our state. This year's event benefits the Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Hunger Relief Task Force, St. Vincent de Paul Food Recovery Program and Klamath-Lake Counties Food Bank.

Why should you buy a ticket? Well, for starters, some of Portland's most awesome restaurants will be serving food. Here's some of what you'll be tasting:

Bamboo Sushi
Meyer Lemon Oil & Spring Herb Crudo of MSC Certified Wild Alaskan Salmon atop an English Cucumber Disc

DOC
Roasted Leg of Mutton with Bitter Greens and Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Andina
Causitas Moradas y Solteritos - Traditional Peruvian preparation of fresh lime flavored potatoes with savory fillings: purple potatoes with shredded chicken and aji amarillo; yellow potatoes with garden fresh vegetables

Firehouse
Grilled Rosemary Lamb Sausage with Baby Field Greens

Paley’s Place Bistro & Bar
Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Wildwood
Chilled Asparagus Soup with Lemon and Crème Fraiche

Various wineries and breweries will be there as well, supplying beverages. You can see a complete list of restaurants and what they will be serving, as well as the wineries and breweries at Taste of the Nation Portland.

General admission tickets are $75. Honestly the menu is totally worth the money and there will be some fantastic items being auctioned off in a silent auction. There will also be live music.

If you were going to eat out twice in the next two weeks, why not save up and go to the Taste of the Nation Portland instead? You will be able to taste some of the most amazing food in the city and help hungry kids in Oregon at the same time.

On the other hand, if $75 is a bit steep for you, don't despair. Share Our Strength has partnered with Lizzy Dishes to offer a pair of VIP tickets in a giveaway! They are worth $125 each. I know! Your lucky day.

Please leave a comment on this post, telling me about your favorite meal in Portland lately, why it's your favorite, and your email address. In order to win, you must be able to attend the event at 5:30pm on April 27th at Luxe Autohaus in Portland and you must be 21 or over.

The winner will be notified next Friday, the 24th by midnight.

7 comments:

Rhiannon said...

Top of mind for me is the Flat Iron Steak with Fresh Horseradish last night at Alba in SW Portland. I've never had fresh horseradish before and I cannot stop thinking about it. I think I could eat it on pretty much anything.

chelsea said...

favorite meal was prob the escargot at that francais place! hope i win!:)

Hey, It's Ansley said...

Honestly, my favorite meal lately was on Easter in West Linn :)

But I do love Pambiche too!

Logan said...

The best thing I've had in recent memory was the perfectly executed braised salsify at Toro Bravo with cream, bacon, and lemon. It was shocking how delicious something I'd only known as a weed could be, and it makes me eager to explore more of what is seemingly mudane.

Josh. said...

My best meal of late was an early dinner at Tanuki a couple weeks back. It was one of the first sunny days we've had this season, and I had spent most of it out drinking in the park, lounging around and enjoying the onset of spring. That evening, a friend and I crossed the river for a quick bite and ended up at Tanuki, just after the end of happy hour. Undaunted, we ordered a smattering of skewers, and one or two larger items. The skewers were all delicious, but the salient feature of the meal was the monkfish liver “banh mi.” In lieu of a baguette, the liver and vegetables were wrapped in rice paper. All the flavors blended together at first bite, with the liver enveloping the vegetables and herbs. It was utterly delicious, a perfect mash-up of creamy liver and crisp, lightly pickled carrots and daikon. What was even more astonishing is how the liver seemed to melt away in my mouth, throwing the rest of the ingredients into full relief, letting their freshness rise to the forefront of the flavors I was tasting. Basically, just an utter joy to eat. Putting aside all that though, this was essentially a banh mi burrito, which is probably the most awesome food idea ever. The end.

joshua.thorngren [at] gmail.com

Lizzie said...

My favorite meal in Portland lately would have to be the Gorditas Rellenas at Nuestra Cocina. Delicious fried tortilla with black beans, avocado and chilis. I added carnitas and it was the perfect blend of spicy, salty and savory. Highly recommended!

lizzie.bennett@gmail.com

Logan said...

oops, email address: loganannebecker (at) gmail (dot) com